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  • BCGS Family Group Sheet Index (A-C)
    Althouse Altman Alwein Alwine Amann Ambrose Amole Amspacher Amweg Andersen Anderson Andes Andre Andrews Angstadt Angstatt Angsted Ankney Anspach Arbogast Arens Arentz Armel Armentrout Arndt Arnold Arnolt Artz Ashenfelter Askew Asper Atzel Auchenbach Aughenbaugh Aulenbach Aulenbacher Ax Axe Axt B Babb Bach Bachert Bachman Bader Badtorf Baer Bahm Bahn Bahner Bailey Baitzel Baker Balbner Baldi Baldy Ball Bally Balmer Balt Balthaser Ban Banick Banks Barber Barlow Barndt Barner Barnet Barnett Barney Barre Barrett Barrold Barron Bartholomae Bartlett Bartman Bartmess Barto Barton Basehore Bashore Baskerville Bassett Bassler Bast Basters Batdorf Batteicher Batz Batzel Batzle Bauer Baughman Baum Bauman Baumgarten Baur Bausch Bauscher Bausman Bausum Bautz Baxter Bayer Bealer Beamer Bear Beard Beau Beaufils Beauschlein Beaver Bechdul Bechler Becht Bechtel Bechter Bechtold Beck Becker Beeber Beecher Beer Beetam Behler Behney Behny Beideman Beidenman Beidler Beier Beigel Beightle Beiler Beitenman Belding Bell Belleman Bellman Beltz Bencke Bender Benedick Bengel Bennethum Bennett Bensinger Benss Bentz Benz Berck Berg Berger Bergstresser Berhalter Berhard Berk Berkhart Berkheimer Berlin Berndt Berner Bernerd Bernet Bernhardt Berninger Bertho Bertolet Bertram Beschore Best Bettman Betz Betzel Beveridge Bewer Bewley Beyer Bibel Bickel Bickhardt Bickle Bickley Bickli Biebel Bieber Biehl Bielman Bier Bierbrauer Bierman Biery Bilak Biles Bilheimer Billet Billig Billing Billman Bingaman Bingeman Binner Birch Birckel Bird Birkinbine Bishoff Bishop Bitler Bitsch Bittenbender Bitting Bixler Blackman Blackmore Blackwell Blatt Bloch Block Blose Blough Blum Blythe Boal Boas Boashore Bobb Bobbenmeyer Bobenmeyer Bobenmyer Bobst Bochm Bock Bockel Bockle Bodder Bode Bodey Bodinger Body Boehm Boehn Boetzel Bofi Boger Bohl Bohler Bohmer Bohn Bohner Boll Bollendorf Bollman Boltz Bondurant Boner Boone Boose Boote Booth Boppenmayer Border Bordner Borell Bortner Bortz Bos Bosch Bosnjak Bossert Bossman Bostian Bottorff Boughter Bouts Bovard Bovington Bowen Bower Bowers Bowman Boyer Boyle Boyles Bozer Bracht Bradburn Braddock Brady Brame Brandt Branner Braucher Braught Braun Brautigam Brecht Bredbender

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  • BCGS Journal Article Index (1986-1990)
    Twp Residents in 1838 Account Book of Daniel Berger Berks County The War of 1812 Includes Rosters of Berks County Soldiers who served part 2 Volume 8 No 1 July Aug 1987 Churches of Berks Part 6 Christ Episcopal and First Presbyterian Reading List of all Reading Churches as of 1984 List of Initial Land Warrants and Patents in Readingtown with Map Short article on Rededication of Nein Private Cemetery Volume 8 No 2 Sept Oct 1987 Churches of Berks Part 7 Christ Little Tulpehocken Friedens Bernville and Zion Blue Mountain Publishing Your Family History summary of the Societies September speaker List of Main Churches in Berks County before 1900 Pitfalls of Pennsylvania German Names Word Puzzle Volume 8 No 3 Nov Dec 1987 Churches of Berks Part 8 St John s Hains Reformed St Daniel s Lutheran North Heidelberg Reformed and Zion Union Womelsdorf 1800 Septennial Census of slaves in Berks County Townships Deciphering German Script Volume 8 No 4 Jan Feb 1988 Churches of Berks Part 9 St Pauls Amityville List of Huguenots in Berks Co and where they appear List of Berks County Naturalizations 1752 1764 List of Ministers who served Berks Co and have kept a Private Record Volume 8 No 5 Mar Apr 1988 Churches of Berks Part 10 Zion Moselem and Zion Windsor Castle Churches Bucks County Genealogy summary of the Societies March speaker List of Berks County Naturalizations 1765 1772 List of Physicians in Berks 1907 with College and Graduation Year Volume 8 No 6 May June 1988 Churches of Berks Part 11 Host Reformed and Altalaha Lutheran Tulpehocken Twp and Salem Reformed Bethel Twp Berks County Map locating the 18th Century Churches Every Name Index of Volume 8 Volume 9 No 1 Fall 1988 Assessment Lists for the 1798 U S Direct Tax Window Tax for Brunswick Manheim and Pinegrove Townships Churches of Berks Part 12 Salem Belleman s Union and St Michael s Union Tilden Township Pleasantville Union Cemetery Oley Township Volume 9 No 3 Spring 1989 Berks County Courthouse A User s Guide with lots of Lists Including Office Holders but not Mayor or Sheriff Welsh in Berks County article based on Society speaker 4 Page essay on Keim Ancestors from year 1020 Churches of Berks Part 14 Bern Union Church and Epler s Church Volume 9 No 4 Summer 1989 Immigration Patterns into Berks Beyond the Boats Tracing German Roots Tax Revolt 18th Century Style Summary of Protest against 1779 Supply Tax 1850 US Census Mortality Schedule for Berks Ancestor s Profile Israel Peter Adam Churches of Berks Part 15 Quaker Meetinghouses Volume 10 No 1 Fall 1989 PA Militia and Volunteers thru 1870 List of Civil War Berks County Conscientious Objectors 1862 Excerpts from 1898 Kutztown Patriot Headstone Readings Private cemeteries Bieber Lesher Schaeffer Kiefer Herbein and Kelchner Churches of Berks Part 16 St John s Kutztown Christ Delongs Bowers Longswamp Reformed and Christ Mertz Dryville Quakers in Berks County Ancestor Profiles Jacob Steinbruch Jacob Reppert Volume 10

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  • BCGS Helpful Tips - Research Sites
    Vital Records Obituaries Before the days of the Internet genealogists may have started a family tree by interviewing older members of their family and asking for copies of family documents and old photos This may include phone calls or letter writing They most likely spent time traveling to local historical societies and browsing page after page of historical documents for clues to their ancestry Local libraries may have microfilm copies of old newspapers and census records for researchers to analyze Don t forget about the long walks through cemeteries looking for an ancestor s headstone Starting a family tree today may involve some of these tasks as well Fortunately previous genealogists took the time to catalog and index information including church records newspaper obituaries and cemetery headstones Census records vital records military records and other documents are now digitized and searchable Because of the popularity of the Internet many of these documents are available to view at research sites online Although it may be easier to research one s family tree it still can be an overwhelming amount of information Genealogy Research Review Sites More Helpful Research Sites US National Archives Search over one million electronic records from the Electronic Records Archives ERA all of the web pages from Archives gov and all of the web pages from the Presidential Libraries Rootsweb com a sister site of ancestry com usgenweb org Volunteers provide websites for genealogical research in every county and state of the United States Everyone is granted free access PAGenWeb org The state site that s part of the US and WorldGenWeb projects GenPA org Website for Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania berks pa roots com the Berks County project of the usgenweb org volunteers Olive Tree Genealogy Search more than 1 900 pages of FREE genealogy records to

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  • Berks County Genealogical Society | Useful Links
    search capability They contain census court land church military obituary and bible records among others PA Roots PA Roots is owned and operated by Alice Gayley and Nathan Zipfel They started PA Roots in 1998 to serve their need to host the various genealogy projects that they were involved with at the time Their purpose is to be the premier site for on line resources for Pennsylvania Genealogy They are accomplishing that by providing free web space to various Pennsylvania county projects as well as hosting the PAGenWeb Project Strausstown Roots Kathy Jo Mary Alice Berger created this site in tribute to their many ancestors who were born or lived or died at Strausstown Berks County Pennsylvania It is organized informative and searchable Berks County Register of Wills General information on the resources of the register of will office Searchable indexes of birth death and marriage registers for the City of Reading and County of Berks Berks County Office of the Prothonotary Their Archives Center has docket books and indexes of many civil records including appearance dockets judgement dockets execution dockets mechanics liens city liens and naturalization records Asian American History Timeline Asians first began to immigrate to the U S in the mid 19th century This site provides an informative timeline GenPhotos Berks County PA This is a site maintained by Justine Walter There are many old photos and a lot of good information about Berks County churches cemeteries localities and families including Riegel Wells Babb and Brecht Rootsweb Surname Websites Search websites of genealogists researching the same surname Go ReadingBerks Berks County visitor information entertainment and restaurant guide shopping information and more Pagoda Webcam Pagoda Skyline Inc shares the current photos from the cameras attached to the Pagoda and Fire Tower roofs atop Neversink Mountain View YouTube Videos

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  • BCGS Helpful Tips - Getting Started
    have heard stories from older family members about a relative who did something remarkable or was famous because They wonder how much of the story is true On the other hand maybe they asked about their ancestors but family members didn t offer much information That can be frustrating In today s digital information age many documents and periodicals have been microfilmed or computerized Previous researchers have taken on the task of indexing records to simplify the search for individuals or families With so much information out there where does one begin and what information can be obtained from which documents Let s examine the science of genealogy and develop a research strategy In research the Number 1 Rule is to work from what you already know into the nearby unknown Finding a place to start your research is easy Start with yourself and then work backward one generation at a time If you take small steps at the beginning then you may be able to take much bigger steps later on During research a genealogist becomes a detective by analyzing documents and piecing together bits of information to solve the puzzle Information may come from a family member obituary cemetery history book census record draft registration another s family tree or other genealogical record Conflicting information may be encountered Keep a record of all data until a fact is verified by a reliable source Organization is key to time saving research Keep a log of your research The amount of information can get overwhelming rather quickly If you find a useful document make a notation of where you found it book page facility This will prevent spending time repeating the same research at a later date Organize computer files by document date and or person s surname Software packages

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  • BCGS Helpful Tips - Census Records
    at least provides a ballpark figure useful 1 for tracking the person from one census to the next especially if other people have the same name and 2 for locating the person in any existing Vital Records Place of Birth The 1850 1930 Censuses indicate the person s state or country of birth which helps narrow the geographic scope of search for the specific town of birth Date of Marriage The 1850 Census column 10 1860 Census column 11 1870 Census column 14 and 1880 Census column 12 indicate whether the person had married within the year Within the year means during the year before the official census day that is between June 1 1849 and May 31 1850 for the 1850 Census between June 1 1859 and May 31 1860 for the 1860 Census between June 1 1869 and May 31 1870 for the 1870 Census and between June 1 1879 and May 31 1880 for the 1880 Census The official census day was June 1 in each of these census years although the enumerator may have visited the household at a later date The 1900 Census column 10 and 1910 Census column 9 indicate the number of years of marriage for each married person Number of Children The 1900 Census column 11 and 1910 Census column 10 indicate how many children were born to each woman The 1900 Census column 12 and 1910 Census column 11 indicate how many of those children were still living These clues can help determine whether the researcher has identified all children in a given family and whether any were deceased when either census was taken Immigration The 1900 Census column 16 1910 Census column 15 1920 Census column 13 and 1930 Census column 22 each indicate the person s year of immigration

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  • BCGS Helpful Tips - Vital Records
    Births were also recorded in registers large volumes containing the names and birth dates of every person within a civil jurisdiction Death certificates provide information about the person s age place of death occupation cause of death spouse s name and some other relative s name In the past sometimes the ages were actually guessed and may not be accurate Sometimes names are misspelled by those entering them Be wary of inaccurate information but realize that the data obtained provides a place to start Many states have begun putting their vital records online Some are free while others make those records through Vitalrec com The cost for certificates at this site is governed by each individual state but a typical cost is 10 to 15 per certificate For the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania the Division of Vital Records maintains birth and death events that occur in Pennsylvania from 1906 to the present Pennsylvania Death Certificates 1906 1963 are now searchable on ancestry com From the 1890s 1906 the Berks County Register of Wills office may have birth and death records of community members Marriage records provide the sometimes hard to find maiden name of the bride and open up another branch

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  • BCGS Helpful Tips - Obituaries
    the obituaries are normally found after the comics and prior to the classified ads The first listings in the classified ads are the death notices If the place of interment is not mentioned in the obituary it may be mentioned in the death notice Some of the earliest obituaries death notices included minimal information to aid a genealogist Since the 1920s an obituary most likely contains a wealth of information including Names of surviving families members spouse siblings children parents and where they currently reside Parent s names including mother s maiden name If a husband wife s maiden name If a wife her maiden name Date of death of spouse if preceded person in death Person s birthplace Street address of current or former residence Age at death Cause of death Occupation and place of employment Organization membership history Church affiliation Name of company handling funeral arrangements and person officiating the funeral Place of interment The BCGS Library has issues of the Reading Eagle from 1868 1972 on microfilm Starting in 1955 an index that includes the location of the obituaries is located at the bottom of the front page The library also offers Reading Eagle obituary indexes of certain years and translations of death notices printed in the Adler You can search for recent obituaries listed in the Reading Eagle on their web site Obituaries are not the only valuable genealogy information obtained from old newspapers Because births and marriages were big deals and of interest to small town citizens they were mentioned in the local newspaper Consider the value of the following Newspapers offer a wealth of useful information for the genealogist Birth announcements name of parents grandparents and possibly siblings Engagement Wedding announcements bride s maiden name names of the bride s and groom s parents

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